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Recommendations for instruction in Stowe

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

First time poster, be gentle

I'm travelling from Ireland to Stowe, VT with my wife in a few weeks. I've been on one skiing trip before, in Alpe d'Huez, and wasn't too keen on skiing by the end of that week. I think this was due to being in a big group and being pushed too fast by our instructor.

Most of the time we spent looking at the slopes he had us on in fear and disbelief - I think by the last day the initial group of 15 had dwindled to 3 or 4 people because everyone else had chickened out!

Anyway, I think private lessons are the way to go, at least for a couple of sessions, to reinforce the basics and get the confidence back. Mrs Pines had skiied as a kid a few times and is definitely more comfortable than I am, but still probably at the advanced beginner stage, so I am thinking we could both do lessons together. Possibly do (say) a 2 hour lesson on each of the first two or three days, then see how we are fixed. We're both in our 30s if that makes any difference.

So my questions are: (1) is this the best way to go about it or would you recommend a totally different approach (like one full day lesson, or "just join a group and get over it" ... and (2) can anyone recommend a good instructor in Stowe who we could request in advance?

Thanks
post #2 of 15
pm epic on this site, he is an instructor there and I'm sure he would be able to get you set up in the right situation.
post #3 of 15
Hi Pines - depending on when you will be here, I'd love to do some lessons with you. If our schedules won't match up, I'd be more than happy to recommend some other people you could work with. Also, you may want to try our group lessons. Depending on how you bought your lift tickets, you may have some free ones coming at you anyway. During the week, most of the better instructors are at the group line-up and will be teaching those lessons. Of course there are some constraints vs. a private lesson. We have to work with everyone in the group, and time is limited. With an hour and a half, you can only do so much, Don't want to start something we can't finish.
post #4 of 15
Pines, a lesson with Epic would be a treat. If you get to go to dinner with his lovely family, that is priceless!

BTW, he uses sticky fish to bait his students for good turns
post #5 of 15

stowe

wow my irish friend !!!!! you picked a good one. the best in my eyes.

i really want you to enjoy stowe for everything it is .

was a time not even 10 years ago stowe didnt have the hotels and the uber yuppyness that now rules at stowe, but i digress.

mt. mansfield is the highest peak in vermont and situated in the green mountains.

all the origional trails at stowe were hand cut in the great depression , paid for by government programs to get people back to work .

the were designed by the late great charlie lord. and to this day world renowned ski trails are what your going to be privy to. the trails were made by dropping balls of string down the fall line . so natural fall lines that just well wow you'll see my irish friend how great skiing can be.

take your private lesson seriously!!!!!!! the only way to go. very mellow and its all about you.

once you feel comfortable,

while it is true that the gondola takes up up the mount mansfield peak side , this is not the lift you want .

take the quad!!!!!!!!! take a trail called lord . obviously named after the man himself . its a blue square , and gorgeous aroud 10:50am this time of year.

whatever you do haha stay away from goat!!!!!! while this is the most amazing run i have ever put my skis to you my friend will leave in a helicopter.

please enjoy the best mountain in the eastern usa!!!! but leave our women alone you mick bastered! hahahahahahahaha good times mate!
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone

Thanks to all of you who took the time to reply here for the tips and suggestions ... and in the case of Watchunglava, for the dire warnings as well! I've made contact with Epic and it looks like he can sort us out.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
As a newcomer to these boards, I can't send PMs (other than to staff) until my post count reaches 5 and don't think I should be spamming the forums just to get my posts up, so I'd like to say thanks also to two members who PM'd me and whom I can't (yet) PM back:

RickS: We decided to go a different route, but thanks for the suggestion and recommendation all the same.

RISkier: we don't arrive until the 31st, I'm afraid. Hope you guys have a great time before then.
post #8 of 15
Pines,

Welcome to Epic!

You are in good hands at Stowe with Epic.

RW
post #9 of 15
It'll be fun skiing with you. I skied a little bit with Cardweg (also from Ireland) last year. He brought lots of snow with him. Let's hope you do the same!
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'll bring as much as I can. I'm a little worried it might melt in my bag, but you're the expert, I guess.
post #11 of 15
Pines,

What part of Ireland are you from? We raise connemara ponies and would love to visit that region. See? 5 posts arn't that many to do.

RW
post #12 of 15
Just noticed I got a name check wahey!

As most everybody else says, Epic's the man. You won't go wrong there.

As far as the mountain goes, I had my 7 and 5 year old kids there last March on their first ever trip to the snow and they had a ball. There's a load of good stuff on both mountains for even the most nervous beginner and epic will be gentle with you.

If I were you, I'd also add Chin Clip to your list of runs to avoid. It's long and bumpy and goes on forever. It burned the flippin' legs off me when I skied it. Of course with the right instructor, you never know... (That's a little challenge for you, my friend)

My wife didn't ski - she spent the whole week with our pregnant sister-in-law drinking coffee in front of log fires and going for nice massages. There are a few nice eateries too. If you have time on your way home, stop off at the Ben & Jerry's factory for a tour and a free sample.

We're actually in the fair city on Friday night - have you any cheap euros?

CW :-)
post #13 of 15
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My wife didn't ski - she spent the whole week with our pregnant sister-in-law drinking coffee in front of log fires and going for nice massages. There are a few nice eateries too. If you have time on your way home, stop off at the Ben & Jerry's factory for a tour and a free sample.
You should see the new lodge. It was just a hole in the ground when you were here, but man is it nice now.
post #14 of 15
Sorry man, not this year - off to CO in March to ski with my chum. Maybe again :-) The artist's impressions did look nice though.

Shame those big tents are away though - NOT!

Look after my "neighbours" won't you? (they only live 100 miles down the road)

CW :-)
post #15 of 15
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Pines,
What part of Ireland are you from? We raise connemara ponies and would love to visit that region.
Hi Ron, thanks for the welcome - I come from Dublin - the other side of the country from Connemara, but then it's not a big country - about three hours driving to get to the wilds of Connemara, which is well worth seeing, if you like remote landscape.

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It'll be fun skiing with you. I skied a little bit with Cardweg
Epic, thanks again, have sent the email and should see you in a few weeks, looking forward to it.

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There's a load of good stuff on both mountains for even the most nervous beginner and epic will be gentle with you. [...]
have you any cheap euros?
Cardweg, thanks for the advice and tips. And you know there's no such things as cheap Euros these days! Which is good when we go up North to shop, but not so good when we try and sell our overpriced stuff to the rest of the world
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